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are you listening, lawmakers and president obama? facebook.com/car facebook.com/carolcnn if you would like to continue the conversation. thanks for the responses. i appreciate them. i appreciate you for watching us this morning. i'm carol costello. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> thanks so much, carol. hi, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west coast. how does this sound to you? >> me and my friends here, we met across the street and we smoking weed and we're on our feet and ain't handcuffed and ain't worried about the boys. i got the toys fired up. >> fired up. talk about fired up. for thousands of people in seattle and all across washington state, this day could not come soon enough. it is day one of legal recreational marijuana use. courtesy of the voters who passed a landmark referendum last month. from this day forward, if you
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are old enough to drink, you can consume as much as one ounce of pot in washington state but you still can't grow it and you still can't sell it. technically, you still can't buy it and you're not supposed to light up in public either. what are you all doing out there at that party? my colleague was there. he was on the not so mean streets when the law took effect. i'll be interested to find out what the absentee rate is at seattle workplaces today, miguel. >> reporter: i think most people are going to work here. it's not quite as crazy as that. it's cold and rainy. puts a damper on things. there were a lot of parties across the entire state and a lot of those issues you raised will be taken care of in the near future. last night was a night for celebration for these folks. >> four, three, two, one. >> reporter: the moment recreational pot, anything less
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than an ounce no longer illegal in washington state. >> it's amazing. i'm not a criminal anymore. i can't go to jail for small amounts of marijuana. i'm free to be free. >> reporter: several dozen hardcore smokers showed up at the base of the space needle to light up at the stroke of midnight and while the new law does not allow smoking in public places, seattle police and police departments across the state are turning a blind eye tonight allowing celebrations to light up. >> this is what you assume stores will look like or something along these lines? >> yes. our stores are going to have the feel of a fine cigar shop. >> reporter: jamie owns a high profile executive at executive now preparing to open as many as two dozen high end marijuana shops in washington and colorado. yesterday he would be called a drug dealer. today a entrepreneur. >> our target market is actually baby boomers. these are folks who maybe tried
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it in college a couple times. maybe they didn't inhale. now it's actually safe to inhale. >> reporter: he's working on packaging and attractivedisplay s f displays for future clients. all of it taxable at a very high 25%. >> we are looking at the potential of bringing in more than $500 million each year in new tax revenue. >> reporter: the big question still what will the federal government do. pot still illegal federally burning here and soon in colorado. >> so miguel, you just mentioned that there could be this boom in tax revenue if they tax it at 25%. i don't understand how that will work because today you can't buy it, you can't sell it and you can't grow it legally. how can you tax it?
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>> reporter: that's the huge piece that needs to be worked out by the washington state bureau of liquor that's going to run all of this just like they regulate liquor sales, they're going to regulate marijuana sales. they're going to license and tax the growing, the processing and retail sales for all marijuana all at 25% plus fees for every individual that goes into those various businesses. they project that in the first five years nearly $2 billion from this program alone. >> and then this is not the only state because during this federal election there were two states that ended up on positive end of legalizing recreational marijuana. the other one being colorado. why do we not see a party there today? >> reporter: because they haven't made it legal yet. the governor there has to act before january 5th and then they will make it at some point legal to possess pot there as well. and then they'll have to go through the same process of setting up the rules to figure
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this out. advocates here firmly believe once you have the two states despite what the federal government may say, the cat will be out of the bag. jeangen other states will soon follow the tax revenues are one thing. they say it makes more sense rather than spending money on fighting petty crimes, use it to raise lots of money and use that money for education and other things. >> all right. thank you for that. clearly so many more questions, legal questions, and for that we'll skip over to our joey jackson, legal commentator who joins us live from atlanta now. i think one of the big questions that also still remains for all of those guys out there having all sorts of fun in the park, there is still a federal law that says you can't smoke it. you can't carry it. you can't buy it. you can't sell it. you can't do anything when it comes to dope and the feds. how are these two entities going
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to compromise in this respect? >> with great difficulty. that was some party they had there. the federal law is pretty significant here because of course as you know back in 1970 we had a controlled substance act under nixon and one of those drugs that the fed said, you know what, was illegal and as you mentioned you can't manufacture and you can't produce and you can't import and you can't distribute and you can't sell would be marijuana and that's problematic because you have something called the supremacy clause. it's significant because what it says is there's a conflict between state law and federal law, guess which one controls? the federal law does. so it's still illegal federally. how that could resolve itself is as we've seen governors of both those states have met with the justice department and they have said, look, we're sovereign states. this is what our public wants to do. will you give us a break and not
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enforce it? so if the feds don't enforce it, then they will be partying as you just saw. >> and eric holder probably has serious meetings on the books with the administrators in these two states because it's not just the people that want to smoke it, it's the government that wants to tax it because i guess technically if you are working for the government and you are working in the taxation portion of marijuana, you're trafficking according to the feds. >> absolutely. what will happen is it's significant to the states because if you do legalize it, which they have, now you have to -- you mentioned before it's illegal to sell. it's illegal to manufacture. how are they going to smoke it? ultimately what the states will do is they will set up little shops. you saw in the clip where you had that little entrepreneur there. big entrepreneur i should say who is establishing a shop and once the government establishes policies, rules and regulations, it will be taxed, everything will be legit and if feds give
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their okay or look the other way, guess what? it's party time in colorado and washington state. >> a lot of places have drug-free work environments. now doesn't that come into question at least for today in washington state? is it the same as having a beer at lunch and coming to work? smoke a joint and come to work in what was a drug-free environment? >> it's a wonderful question. the effects will be different depending on one's tolerance. ultimately an employer has as right to expect when they employ people to come to work they are able and fit to do the job for which they were hired. certainly if there is as it relates to alcohol you're not sober and as it relates to marijuana you are a bit hazy of the mind, the employer would legally be well within their rights to take the appropriate action which means if you smoke too much, you're fired. >> guess that's a good answer to a clever conundrum they find themselves in.
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thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up in ten minutes as well, the los angeles mayor is going to join me. he's going to talk about a federal crackdown on medical marijuana in california and now how all of this might square and he's also going to weigh in on his personal involvement to help fix the national debt and avoid the fiscal cliff. that's coming up in just a little bit. we also can't leave seattle without taking note of another huge milestone in washington state. voters legalized same-sex marriage last month too so today here's the picture. midnight on the dot clerks handed out marriage licenses and those were the first two in line. they met on a blind date back in 1977 and they never thought that they would live to legally wed amongst all of these other people who showed up for their legal licenses in seattle. by the way, the ceremony of
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even more disturbing turn. there's word that president bashar al assad may be thinking about using chemical weapons and more specifically nerve gas against his own people. an nbc report shows video it says depicts the syrian military loaning components for air gas into aerial bombs. those could be bombs that might be dropped from warplanes onto the innocent syrian people below but they say they would never do that to their own people though we have been seeing what they have been doing to their own people for the last year and a half now. secretary of state hillary clinton is leading a new u.s. diplomatic push on syria holding talks in dublin, ireland, today.
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let me begin with you. including this distressing nbc news report, what and how much do we know about al assad's movements at this point? >> reporter: there have been concerns for months. the u.s. reiterated for quite some time if assad did anything with those chemical weapons and utilize them in any way, theat would be a red line that brought on consequences. there's not concern that bashar al assad might iutilize them against his own people but if weapons are still there terrorists could get hands on weapons and utilize those chemical weapons. you have this nbc news report. also on monday important to remind our viewers, cnn reported that they had word from u.s. officials that in fact syria had
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begun mixing chemical weapons and that would be done to create sarin for weapons in the future. they say there was no sign that the syrian officials were going to do anything with those weapons any time soon. important to remember that. also important to remember that the syrian regime has said yet again today that they have no intention of doing anything with chemical weapons of utilizing them against the syrian people and they also said today that any type of foreign military intervention in syria would be catastrophic for the region. >> let me ask you. you are in lebanon and that's next door. whether it's al assad himself dropping chemical weapons or an assault that sets off a battery of chemical weapons, these clouds move. you can see all of the countries, turkey, iraq, jordan, israel a tiny piece in there as well that surround syria. all of these countries have to be on edge at this point.
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>> reporter: absolutely. it's a concern. this is a nightmare scenario when it comes to syria unraveling and the syrian civil war there. that's why there has been so much concern these past several months. that's why the u.s. and countries like israel have kept such a watchful eye with regard to their intelligence services on these chemical weapon stockpiles. if they detected any type of movement, they reported that. they've been warning the syrian regime many times that if they were to do anything with these weapons that that would be a red line. it's not clear exactly what that red line would mean but it is a concern. now, you have seen in the past few days, you have seen the turkeys request of nato to deploy patriot missiles on their border with syria. that's been approved. those missiles will arrive within the next few weeks according to nato along with troops with those patriot missiles. that's to bolster turkey's air system because of the spillover. there's been concern about
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syrian spillover into lebanon and that's without talking about chemical weapons. when you put chemical weapons factor into it, it makes it even more of a concern especially in this region. >> stand by for a moment if you will. i want to bring in general clarke. you just saw that map and you heard the reporting on how dire the circumstances are with regard to these potential chemical weapons. all of the firepower that surrounds syria and very strong countries, not the least of which is israel which has one of the strongest militaries in the region, what can you do when you're talking about blowing up deadly bombs in crowded places? >> well, i think that there's a lot of firepower around. you have to realize these chemical weapons are not terribly effective against bands of terrorists or guerrilla fighters but devastating against a civilian population.
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>> so to say for instance -- i was just going to say. say for instance those surrounding countries want to take preventive action against syria. what can you do? what kind of preventive action exists when you talk about chemical weapons? we can blow up military installations and blow up airports and take out organs like that but it's very difficult to destroy chemical weapons without setting off chemical weapons. >> you would have to -- you could take out the air fields if they are uploaded. you can do various things like this. nothing is 100% effective. the most effective preventive weapon is to use this as greater leverage against russians and chinese to cut all support for bashar al assad and get him out of the country and get him into some kind of asylum situation somewhere and sort this out. even when it's sorted out, we have to be concerned about
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chemical weapons because we don't want those to fall into the hands of terrorists and there are terrorists groups that have gone in there and associated with the free syria army. >> a very distressing situation indeed. general clark, thank you very much for your time this afternoon. also want to mention that president obama is going to be responding or will he, to this latest development in the syrian chemical threat. the question is more than likely to be asked of jay carney, the white house spokesperson, and that's coming up in a live white house press briefing. you can see the reporters chairs are empty now but they'll fill up shortly because that will take effect around the half hour. stay tuned to us as we expect strong questions not only about fiscal cliff but also about this dire syrian situation. back in a moment. ne of them peoe who gets heartburn and then treats day after day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn.
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that eight-day strike at the port of los angeles that stranded all of those christmas presents, it costs us about a billion dollars a day in lost business and shut down the nation's busiest port and stranded ships full of fabulous retail merchandise. all of that is now being unloaded. port officials now say it will take about a week to try to get
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back to normal. sounds like things are solved. i'm joined by the mayor of los angeles, antonio villaraigosa who helped broker the deal to get the port workers back on the job. i want to talk about the port in just a moment. first i want to talk about pressing national business. something called the fiscal cliff, which i know you have been watching. you're very closely aligned with president obama having been the chair of the democratic national convention in september. i want to get your take on this. this is critical to your state. businesses in your state. taxpayers in your state. do you have any optimism that we may not go off the cliff? >> i do have optimism. there's no question about it. i think both sides understand that it's not in the nation's best interest for us to go off this cliff. people are tired of the partisanship. they want both sides to work together. they want them to do so in a balanced way. i agreed to join the stirring
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committee to fix the debt coalition and i have because the balance is that we have to make spending cuts. we have to address entitlements but we also have to make sure that we have the revenues that we need to make the investments that we need. education. infrastructure. transportation. research and development. workers training. all of those things are important things that we have to do. we have to get our spending in order as well. >> you're taking a bit of heat actually for signing onto that fix the debt campaign. as you outline it, it sounds lovely and bipartisan but a lot of critics say it's a deal that favors corporate tax breaks at the forefront rather than what the democrats are trying to push which is essentially the revenue increases. why did you sign onto that? >> i am a democrat and i'm a progressive. you know what? the country is evenly divided. we have to work together. president obama knows that. most of the members of congress
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know that. there are a small group of people, i think primarily on the right, that don't understand that we're not just going to do this by cutting and cutting and cutting. we're going to have to invest and we're going to have to make sure that we have revenues and so, yes, there are people that are upset about that. i respect that. the problem is that democrats just talk with democrats and republicans with republicans. we need to talk together. we need to reach across the aisle and we need to work together in the nation's best interest. that's what is broken with politics right now. too many people polarized and too many people addicted to their ideologies and not working together in the way that we should. >> it looks like 72% of americans when polled say they want compromise no matter what they voted for and no matter what they said when they were electing their officials. i could go on all day about this. i have a whole menu of things i
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would like to ask you about. the port strike. you helped broker this deal. workers are back on the job. is this looking like it will be permanent and more importantly for the rest of the country are they going to get their things this holiday season? >> this was something i was working on for 2 1/2 years. we actually avoided a strike on a number of occasions. they finally couldn't come together. they went on strike. i asked the parties to mediate and bring in a federal mediator. i've been asking for that for sometime. i decided to cut my trip short. a trip that i had in latin america promoting the port and the airport and trade with latin america and said to them that they needed to work around the clock to get this done. when i got there, i said, look, he'll stay here all night and into the next night and after that because we can't afford a
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billion dollar a day loss to the u.s. economy. >> can you get the backlog up and running? will the store shelves be filled up again and will back orders be filled? >> it will take five or six days to do that and then we got to work around the clock to get the goods to people to make sure that santa has all of the presence under the tree and hanukkah is being celebrated. >> okay. so next question. this has to do with pot. we opened the show with the issue of pot. it is an issue that your state knows intimately with medical marijuana be legalized. you have a complex relationship with that legalization. i don't want to get into your local issues. i want to get into your issues with the fed. so many people don't understand how these federal laws that continue to ban marijuana sale, use, trafficking, et cetera, will reconcile with state laws
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that are allowing it. have you had complex conversation with eric holder and the feds on backing off and allowing states to do their things? >> no, i haven't. i believe that the governor has but we've had our own problems locally because our medical marijuana initiative is not clear and it's very difficult to implement it and as you said, the feds have said that they won't recognize it. there is going to have to become a come to jesus if you will between states and the federal government to resolve the differences between what states are providing and declaring and what the federal government believes should be the law. >> is that going to happen, mr. mayor? will it be come to jesus? are the feds going to continue to crackdown as it seems the drugs are certainly with his rhetoric -- seems to be that it is still against the law. >> it's going to have to happen
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because as more states, colorado, washington, california, do laws like this, the feds are going to have to recognize there's a changing landscape and we'll have to balance in the way that will work for the states but also the federal government. >> mr. mayor, it's always a treat to talk to you. thank you for making time in your busy schedule to spend time with us today. >> thank you. great to talk to you as well. >> happy holidays to you. i hope you get your presents. in full disclosure we talked about three different things with the mayor. want to go back to the issue with the fiscal cliff. time warner signed onto and supports what the mayor was talking about. what he signed onto. fix the debt campaign. there's disclosure about that. as we reported, the president and speaker boehner had a telephone conversation yesterday presumably about the fiscal cliff. we didn't hear a lot of production from it but we do hope to learn more about what was said if there are going to be further negotiations and
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♪ open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare. senator john kerry is firing back at senator rick santorum. it's all about this. opposition to a u.n. treaty. one that a lot of people thought was a no-brainer. it was about the rights of the disabled all over the world. we brought you this story yesterday. senate republicans rejecting this treaty on tuesday despite the fact that one of their own, bob dole, bob dole, a former majority leader, came to the floor in a wheelchair trying to draw support for this treaty. he was being pushed by his wife and made an impassioned plea.
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senator santorum explained opposition to this treaty in a piece published in "the daily beast." in part he says this. our nation has been been the worldwide leader when it comes to protecting the disabled. we should be telling the u.n. and not the other way around how to ensure dignity and respect for the disabled. effectively saying nobody tells the united states what to do. it sets a very dangerous precedent perhaps for other things. okay. that sounded legitimate until it came out that that's not what the treaty suggests. senator kerry was mincing absolutely no words in saying that rick santorum doesn't know what he's talking about. here he is on "the situation room" yesterday. >> i have great respect for both rick and his wife, karen, and their daughter and he's a strong family man. he either hasn't read the treaty or doesn't understand it or he was just not factual in what he said because the united nations
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has absolutely zero, zero, i mean zero ability to order or to tell or to -- they can suggest. they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything under this treaty. nothing. >> and yet the treaty was struck down. senator kerry was referring there as well to rick santorum's daughter, bella. senator santorum's daughter has a genetic disorder and senator kerry says that senator santorum and other republicans that voted against the treaty did so because they hate the united nations. more meetings, more talking. sad to report no real solution today and that pretty much sums up the fiscal cliff negotiations. i feel like a broken record. here we go again on the countdown. day 26. got another 24 hours closer to the edge of the fiscal cliff
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which is why we have our eyes on the white house press briefing. got a live picture ready for you so we don't miss anything. for what it's worth, president obama and house speaker boehner are talking. they had a nice telephone conversation. that's terrific. the first time in a week but apparently that's the headline. that's the editorial body. not much came out of it that we know of. sources say no real breakthrough. no formal negotiations. sessions are not scheduled. no back channel discussions taking place that anybody knows about at this time and as we wait for the white house briefing to begin, let's bring in wolf blitzer on this topic. there are a couple of polls that are very telling about how americans feel about congress and the president are behaving when it comes to the fiscal cliff. let me read some of these numbers for you. should obama compromise to get things done. 72% say yes.
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22% say no. should the gop compromise to get things done. and take a look. 72% say yes. my question for you, wolf, i'm not sure you'll have the answer but perhaps you'll have guidance. for those democrats who say the president has a mandate because voters voted him into office while he campaigned to tax the wealthiest 2%, i wonder how those same people who responded in this poll would respond if they had to choose between what they voted for or the compromise they would want to see. do you have a feeling there? >> bottom line from the poll is that overwhelming majority of the american people want both sides to compromise. they don't want to go over the fiscal cliff. they don't necessarily think the difference is separating these two sides are unbridgeable or unrealistic. they can work out a deal. they have to be adults and be serious and make concessions to the other side and you won't get 100% of what you want.
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that's the art of compromise. in order to avoid a disaster, the mandatory spending cuts and domestic spending and defense spending, the mandatory increases across the board taxes from everyone if we go over that fiscal cliff, you got to compromise. there's nothing wrong with compromise. to some liberals on the far left, conservatives on the far right, compromise is a dirty word. you should never compromise with the other side. they hate that. they rather go over the fiscal cliff but the overwhelming majority of americans totally disagree with those hard line positions on the extreme left and the extreme right. they want to compromise and they want a deal and they want the president and john boehner, the republican leadership and democratic leadership to come up with something that avoids going over the fiscal cliff. i think that's what that poll shows. >> let me change topics for a bit. news broke just before the program that republican senator jim demint is leaving. he decided to take over the heritage foundation. i have a question for you in that was this expected?
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he's a staunch conservative and opponent to craving into democrats and how do those things factor into a way ahead for republicans in the senate? >> i was surprised to hear that jim demint was giving up his senate seat to become head of the heritage foundation, a conservative think tank in washington. it surprised me. i suppose if it surprised me, it surprised a lot of washingtonians as well. i didn't have any indication he was ready to give up that seat from south carolina. running the heritage foundation is an important position in washington. a lot of influence among conservatives, among republicans. i'm sure he's going to have his work cut out for him there. you're right. it does give up that seat from south carolina. south carolina is a pretty red state and once there are elections in south carolina, assume another republican will be elected from south carolina. it's unlikely that in a formal
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election they're going to elect a democrat from south carolina to come to washington. hasn't happened in a while. my sense is that republicans will hold that seat eventually and whatever happens with jim demint. i was surprised that he decided to make that decision. we invited him to come on our show today and explain what's going on. i'm sure he's frustrated like a lot of conservatives are that president obama was re-elected for another four years and he worked hard to try to help romney get elected, help republicans and it's a source of frustration. a different challenge for him running a major think tank in washington and let's see how he does. >> for the time being it doesn't change the balance of power as the republicans aren't in control of the senate. >> there's a republican governor in south carolina and so she'll name someone in the short-term. i assume that's how it will work. once there's another election, i assume a republican will fill that seat. >> and i know you'll have much more on the fiscal cliff and any
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>> as a mother of young child, i'm always looking for something fun to do. in the heart of atlanta is the museum of natural history's children and family friendly exhibit nature quest. opened in march 2011 with more than 7,000 square feet of
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interactive educational things to do and see, the exhibit has the feel of a playground and education tools of a classroom. every nook and cranny offers children a new adventure. at nature quest children are challenged through self-discovery to explore and be curious in hands-on environment just like real scientists. with over 100 interactive encounters to choose from, a few of my son's favorites include the clubhouse built in the trees, hidden tunnels filled with fossils and the river that simulates swimming when little feet step on it. >> nature quest is this amazingly fun world that you can sm explore from the ocean to top of the mountains. everywhere you look there's something to find, something is alive. >> what does a 2-year-old care about science? not much but my son has so much
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have you ever been asked to check off one of those boxes that describes your ethnicity, you probably noticed there's a box called other. other. sort of an unusual thing to say about yourself. i'm an other. in fact, there's a young poet who is so disturbed by that, she decided to write a poem about it because for her part she said she was too light skinned for black kids she grew up around to avoid teasing and taunts and it still haunts her today. soledad o'brien has more. >> reporter: it's a poem about her life. she is struggling to recite it. >> they always called me white girl. i was never ashamed of myself until she taught me to be ashamed. she calls her poem other or the biracial poem. it's about being bullied by black kids for being light skinned.
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>> i remember their taunts. it took years to fade. i became ashamed. >> reporter: the tough part. she has to perform it at the first spoken word poetry competition of the season. but it's painful and she is hardly get through it. >> i depended they didn't know they were wondering if i was adopted. they doubted he was ever my father. >> reporter: only seven hours until showtime and she can't remember her poem. >> find it. you got it. i can tell you why you're not learning the line, you're not connecting to the speech yet. i wrote it. i'm done. that's the beginning. part two is owning it. spitting it out there into the world. proclaiming this is what it was. >> they always called me white girl. i was never ashamed of myself until they taught me to be ashamed. i refuse to be defined by it either. >> don't. don't. >> this is gross.
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>> it's not gross. >> i'm so frustrated. >> it's okay. i promise you it gets easier. come here. come here. you got this. it's all right, sweetie. >> that's awesome. cnn's soledad o'brien.o'brien, e bit more on that. she's going to examine the questions about skin color, discrimination, race, nios' story, how did they end up doing in that competition? the documentary is called "who is black in america?" it's awesome, and it premiers this sunday at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. nope. just can't fit 'em in my budget. well, with the walmart credit card special financing offer, you can get the sony blu-ray home theater system with wi-fi and the high zoom cyber-shot camera with full hd.
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>> the bodies of two missing cousins since the summer now have been found by huchbters in a wooded area in iowa, it appears. 10-year-old lyric cook and her 8-year-old cousin elizabeth collins vanished in july. police found their bicycles, and they found a purse near a neighborhood lake. that was it. now that lake was the scene of an emotional vigil last night. the families of the two girls have been notified, and while they're awaiting official confirmation by police, elizabeth's mother in an emotional message on her facebook page confirmed that those bodies are those of elizabeth and lyric. police say they have month suspects at this time in this case. >> turns out that john mcfee maybe shouldn't have flaunted his escape to belize to the neighboring central american country of guatemala. as you may have heard, the anti-virus software pioneer is wanted in belize in questioning
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in the murder of his neighbor, but he took off, went on the lam instead and then turned up here in guatemala city on tuesday where he expressed his affection for the guatemalan people. they are very nice. also, his affection for the guatemalan laws, and then his attorney asked for asylum. problem is mcafee apparently entered guatemala illegally, so guatemala arrested him, and now he is facing deportation. most likely to belize. the duchess of cambridge has been discharged from a london hospital. catherine is in the early stages of pregnancy and was treated for acute morning sickness, but she looks pretty good this morning. smiling, leaving king edward xii's hospital with her husband by her side. she is headed to kensington palace now for a short period of arrest. ♪
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leg, but days later a flesh-eating bacteria was ravaging this woman's body. it took amy copeland's hands, her feet, it took her right leg. the doctor said she had a 1% chance of living, but that was seven months ago, and her recovery has been remarkable. she spoke with erin burnett last night, and as you are about to see, her resilience is breathtaking. >> there's not a whole lot i can't do. at this point i think the hardest thing to do is handling objects and keeping them in my hands. i'm not dropping them because if things are in my reach i can pretty much do everything, but when i drop something on the ground, there's not a whole lot i can do about it. luckily, that might change soon because i'm hopefully getting a service dog very soon, and that dog will help me by picking things up off the ground and opening and closing doors for me. that's another difficult thing is closing a door on yourself with a wheelchair in the way. still getting used to it. you know, every day w